THE Dons bowed out of the Challenge Cup with their heads held high despite conceding 50 points to Super League giants Wakefield.
Tony Miller’s side very much held their own - and stood up to the Wildcats’ strength and size advantage - for almost two thirds of Sunday’s fourth round tie.
But the visitors’ extra quality told in the end as Wakefield ran in six second half tries and eventually emerged as comfortable winners in front of a crowd of 1,823 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Dean Colton came within inches of touching down and putting the Dons in front before Wakefield’s Kyle Amor and Josh Griffin crossed in quick succession.
Scott Spaven’s determined run for the line got the home side on the scoreboard and was just reward for the hosts’ enthusiastic and steely approach.
Aaron Murphy then powered through the Dons defence on the half hour and Josh Veivers kicked a penalty to put the Wildcats 18-4 ahead at the break.
Three minutes into the second half Stewart Sanderson was on hand to round off a nice move involving Spaven and Kyle Kesik, and Aaron Dobek converted to reduce the deficit to eight points.
But from the moment Kevin Henderson caught Kieran Hyde’s kick and touched down for Wakefield’s fourth try, the Super League side began to take control.
Josh Griffin, Dale Morton, Chris Dean, Vievers and Hyde added further tries as Doncaster started to tire - but Miller’s men could still take plenty of pride from their performance.